Posts Tagged ‘children’s picture book’

The World in a Second

May 13, 2015

The World in a Second

By Isabel Minhós Martins and Bernardo Carvalho

This engaging book, inspired by the question “What are they doing on the other side of the world right now?”, depicts snapshots of everyday life from around the world.  The twenty-three different scenes range from a cargo ship in a storm, people stuck in an elevator, a boy learning to ride a bike, a volcanic eruption, and more.

Though the premise is simple, this book is a beautiful way to introduce concepts like time and the connectedness of humanity to children.  With large pages and a straightforward, yet unique style of illustration, The World in a Second shows both humanity’s diversity and similarities.  Recommended for preschool – 3rd grade.

Reviewed by Alyssa (Davis Library)

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Little Bird Takes a Bath

May 12, 2015

Little Bird takes a bathLittle Bird Takes a Bath

By Marisabina Russo

Little Bird goes to sleep on a rainy night in the city thinking how much he doesn’t like rain.  But morning arrives, the sun is shining and Little Bird’s spirit is soaring as he sings “Rain, rain, gone away!  What a perfect day for a bath.”  Of course, the day after a rainstorm is a perfect day for a bird to bathe.  There are glorious puddles everywhere!  So, Little Bird sets off across the city to find the perfect one.  At last he finds one but unfortunately it comes with some obstacles. Bouncing balls, running feet and barking dogs all chase him from his chosen puddle.  To make matters worse, his puddle becomes smaller and smaller as the water is all splashed away.  Where will little bird go to bathe?  Will he have to wait for yet another miserable rainy night to provide him with the perfect puddle again?

Big bright gouache and colored-pencil illustrations easily transport the reader to a city in the summer complete with parks, historic buildings, busy traffic and a diverse population. The sounds and sights of the city as they interconnect with nature help to create a very pleasant story that begs to be read again and again.

Reviewed by Connie (Parr Library)

 

 

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New Shoes

May 7, 2015

index (1)New Shoes

by Susan Lynn Meyer

illustrated by Eric Velasquez

Ella Mae always got hand-me-down shoes from family. She looked into the shop windows of the local shoe shop with longing, wishing she could have her very own pair of new shoes. As she got close to the next year of school, the traditional hand-me-down phase of shoes got her a pair that just don’t fit. For the first time, she went to the shoe store and pick out a new pair of shoes. Instead of getting to try on the new shoes like the white girl in the shop ahead of her, Ella Mae had to trace around her feet on a piece of paper so the shop owner could guess at her size. Embarrassed, Ella Mae doesn’t even enjoy her new shoes. In response, Ella Mae and her friend Charlotte decide to make a shoe store all their own where ANYONE can try on their shoes before they buy them.

Set in the 1960s when segregation was still going strong in the south, New Shoes is a great way to learn about the history of our country. Ella Mae and Charlotte’s creative and determined approach to overcoming discrimination is inspiring for any reader.

Recommended for grades 1-3.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Do Princesses Make Happy Campers?

April 30, 2015

princesses happy campersDo Princesses Make Happy Campers? written by Camela LaVigna Coyle. Illustrated by Mike Gordon.

This is the newest book in the series, Do Princesses…..?.  In this book, the family goes on a camping trip and have many fun experiences.  The princess tries to help pack up the camping gear, but tries to take everything from her room.  In the car, she keeps repeating, “Are we there yet?”.  When the family finally gets to the campsite,  princess tries her best to put up the tent.  The family soon realizes that this has to be a family event.  Mother has to convince princess that she can’t take home all the critters she finds.  The whole family enjoys putting on a play when it rains, making s’mores, fishing, and going on a nature walk.  Princess loves how she can see the stars extra twinkly and bright before going to sleep. The last page of the book shows princess and her dog wearing mirrored sunglasses and telling all to “look on the bright side”.

There is minimal text written in rhyming couplets.  The illustrations are whimsical and cartoon-like.  Readers will enjoy seeing if the princess is “a happy camper’.  The book is recommended for children 3-7.  Parents will enjoy reading this book to their children.

Reviewed by Ricki (Schimelpfenig)

 

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Hug Me

April 28, 2015

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By Simona Ciraolo

Hug Me is the story of Felipe, a young cactus who came from a family that kept everything neat and tidy and believed one should NEVER trespass into another’s personal space. The problem was, Felipe wanted a hug. He was taught to keep still, that he was for looking and not touching. He stretched himself up like the rest of his family, wishing that someone, anyone, would come by and wrap their arms around him.

One day, Felipe got in trouble, so he decided to leave. Felipe thought that maybe he was better off by himself, until he heard someone else who was feeling lonely too. Cactus or not, Felipe knew just what to do! With a big hug, Felipe makes his first real friend.

Recommended for ages 3-5.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig library

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Sidewalk Flowers

April 24, 2015

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by JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith

In this beautiful wordless picture book, a little girl walks through the city with her father collecting colorful flowers she finds growing in overlooked places. As she walks, she sees others who look like they could use a little bit of color too, so she leaves a little bit of cheer behind her as she goes, saving herself for last. A great way to talk about feelings of loneliness and sadness and about caring for others’ feelings. And the illustrations are detailed and absolutely gorgeous — worth pouring over multiple times!

Reviewed by: Lara (Haggard Library)

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If You Plant a Seed

April 23, 2015

If You Plant a Seed

By Kadir Nelson

 This gorgeously illustrated book has few words, but says a lot.  A beautiful lesson about the benefits of sharing over selfishness is told through both the words and the illustrations.

This book provides a great opportunity for you to discuss the events in the pictures and have your little one explain to you what is happening when the bunny and mouse choose to/not to share. This is a good choice for a preschool group read too.  Happy reading!

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Goatilocks and the Three Bears

April 9, 2015

goatilocksGoatilocks and the Three Bears by Erica S. Perl

A fractured version of Goldilocks featuring a “kid,” a young goat, as the main character. The goat is as audacious as Goldilocks but with a goat-like twist: she eats everything! How can she make it up to the bears? There’s a surprising and satisfying answer to round out the story. The comical, cartoon-style illustrations add to the humor in this pleasing fractured fairy tale.goatilocks 2

So what is a fractured fairy tale? Take a regular fairy tale, then change the gender(s) of some of the characters, mix up the setting, add a little humor, and you have a new version of an old favorite.

These titles are often great for reading aloud with children who know the traditional tale well and can enjoy the humor of a different version. We have a list of them here.

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How Do Dinosaurs Stay Safe?

April 2, 2015

dinoHow Do Dinosaurs Stay Safe?

By Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

If you’re familiar with the How Do Dinosaurs series, you know that they cover a wide range of expected behaviors for kids. Yolen uses dinosaurs, a favorite for almost any child, to teach kids the best way to act and interact with their environment. In the newest book in the series, the dinosaurs show kids how to stay safe. The last few lines are my favorite. Dinosaur is “careful, not fearful. So here’s a big roar. Stay safe and play safe, little dinosaur.”

With open-ended questions all through the beginning of the book, How Do Dinosaurs Stay Safe? get the kids involved in answering with their ideas about staying safe. The humorous and colorful pictures of the dinos are engaging, while the ‘parents’ of the dinosaurs react in the backgrounds. If you look closely on each page, you’ll find the scientific names of all the dinosaurs pictured!

Recommended for ages 3-5.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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A Lullaby for Little One

March 31, 2015

lullA Lullaby for Little One

By Dawn Casey

Illustrated by Charles Fuge

This sweet story of a big daddy bunny and his baby bunny follows the pair all over their meadow as they play with friends. They hop and frolic and chase each other, playing hide and seek and peek-a-boo. At the end of the day, baby bunny gets a case of a sniffles when he gets tired. They say goodbye to their friends and big daddy bunny sings his little one a sweet lullaby.

Full of colorful, joyful illustrations, this story is a great bedtime treat for your little one. The rhyming text is soothing and predictable, allowing younger readers to become involved with guessing what could come next.

Recommended for ages 2-4.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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